Ataturk Airport Istanbul(IST)
Ataturk Airport serves most of the country’s long-haul flights. Located at Yesilyurt, 23 kilometres west of Sultanahmet Square, Ataturk is the busiest of Turkey’s airports.
You can travel between the international and the domestic terminal in 15 minutes through an underground passage. The passage also connects the terminal with Istanbul’s metro system.
In the international terminal you’ll find cash machines, currency exchange offices, restaurants, cafes and many shops. The duty free stores offer thousands of world-famous brands. You’ll find them in the departure and arrival terminals. The stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hungry travellers will find plenty of restaurants and cafes serving all kinds of food, and there are a number of bars to quench any thirst.
You can reach Istanbul’s city centre by metro, airport bus, city bus, taxi or shuttle van. From boarding the metro at the airport, travel to Zeytinburnu, where you can transfer to the Zeytinburnu-Kabatas tram and head to Sultanahmet Square, Sirkeci Station and the docks. The Havas Airport Buses depart from the arrivals level of each terminal and take passengers to Taksim, around an hour’s journey. The express city bus 96T travels along the shore of the Sea of Marmara, stopping at the Yenikapi Ferry Terminal, Aksaray Square and Taksim Square. A taxi to Sultanahmet costs around TL30. Expect to add 50 percent if you’re travelling between midnight and 6am.
You can fly from Ataturk Airport to Birmingham, Heathrow, London Stansted and Manchester. There are plenty of European connections, including Spain, Germany, Hungary and Austria. Further afield, you can fly to India
There is something for absolutely everyone in Istanbul. If your tastes run to wandering historical buildings, you’re definitely in luck. Visit Topkapi Palace, the home – and the harem – of a long line of Sultans. The city’s principal mosque, Hagia Sophia is a breathtaking structure that wowed generations of rulers and invading forces alike. The Blue Mosque is an Islamic wonder. If you enjoy museums, visit the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, by the Blue Mosque. A treasure trove of artefacts spanning 1000 years of fine art. And of course, there’s the shopping. Whether you like malls or haggling at the bazaar, Istanbul has something for you. Haggle over goods at some of the Grand Bazaar’s 4000 shops, or stock up on spices at the Egyptian Market.